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House Proceeding on Oct 28th, 2009 :: 1:54:10 to 1:58:40
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Stephen F. Lynch

1:54:03 to 1:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: united states. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant t gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. jordan, each will control 20 minutes. the chai gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and add any extraneous materials.

Stephen F. Lynch

1:54:10 to 1:58:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Stephen F. Lynch

Stephen F. Lynch

1:54:24 to 1:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, on behalf of the committee on oversight and government reform, i'm proud to present house resolution 783 for consideration. this resolution recognizes hispanic her taje month and celebrates the vast contributions of hispanic americans to the strength and

Stephen F. Lynch

1:54:45 to 1:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: culture of these united states. the measure before us was introduced on september 29 by my colleague and friend, representative mario diaz-balart of florida, and enjoys the support of nearly 60 members of congress. mr. speaker, each year americans observe na heritage month from september 15 to october 15 and celebration of

Stephen F. Lynch

1:55:07 to 1:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: the many contributions of hispanic americans to our nation. this observation began in 1968 following president lyndo baines johnson's designation of a hispanic heritage week and was expanded to cover the 30-day period of september 15 to october 15 by president ronald reagan in 1988.

Stephen F. Lynch

1:55:29 to 1:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: notably september 15 marks the anniversary of the independence days of costa rica, el salvador, guatemala, honduras, nicaragua. in addition the 30-day period observance anniversary of the independence days of mexico and chile. as well as the anniversary of the arrival of christopher

Stephen F. Lynch

1:55:50 to 1:56:12( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: columbus in the americas. mr. speaker, according to the most recent united states census bureau estimate, the hispanic american population in the united states is roughly 47 million people which is about 15% of the nation's population, making american citizens of hispanic ancestry our nation's largest ethnic or racial minority.

Stephen F. Lynch

1:56:13 to 1:56:33( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: the sentuss bureau has also recognized our hispanic population as the fastest growing minority group and notes that 16 states including california, new york, florida, texas, and my home state of massachusetts currently include at least a half million hispanic residents. e census bureau additional estimates there are approximately 1.1 million hispanic american veterans, proud veterans of the united

Stephen F. Lynch

1:56:34 to 1:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: states armed forces. over the course of several generations, american life has been deeply enriched by hispanic contributions in the field of government, the arts, sports, education, and countless other areas. within the past two years alone, we have witnessed his torque first for americans of hispanic heritage that evidence the

Stephen F. Lynch

1:56:56 to 1:57:17( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: historic cultural and social significance of hispanic americans as a vital part of our nation. founded in december, 1976, the congressional hispanic caucus currently consists of 24 members of congress. in august ever 2009 the united states senate confirmed sonia sotomayor as the first hispanic american to serve on the united states supreme court.

Stephen F. Lynch

1:57:18 to 1:57:39( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: in february of 2009, the united states senate also confirmed hilda solis as the nation's first hispanic american woman to serve as our secretary of labor. and in april of 2008, renowned hispanic american author diaz became the first american author to receive the pulitzer prize for fiction, only the second

Stephen F. Lynch

1:57:40 to 1:58:01( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: hispanic american to receive the award. hispanic american ack at this vs.s such as caesar chavez fought tooth and nail to organize workers baseball great including ron carew have helped make america's pastime the great internatial sporit is today.

Stephen F. Lynch

1:58:02 to 1:58:23( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: musicians such as tito puente and carlos santana have delighted others with their music and actors such as jimmy smits continue to entertain u and celebrated authors including richard rodriguez coo advance america's rich literary history with their works. let us take this opportunity to honor the contribuons of the

Stephen F. Lynch

1:58:24 to 1:58:40( Edit History Discussion )

Stephen F. Lynch: and all americans of hispanic ancestry to the historical, cultural, and social fabric of our nation through the recognition of hispanic air taje month. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting house resolution 783. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time.

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